It'll be a happy homecoming for a small group of National Guardsmen.
"It's only 14 that's coming back," says Fla. Army National Guard Maj. Mark Adler. "They've been out there since February, most of them."
Those 14 soldiers from the Guard's N Company, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment will be returning to Cecil Commerce Center, where they're stationed, following a ten-month deployment to Texas' Rio Grande Valley.
"More importantly, it's really just those guys coming back and getting reintegrated with (their) families and getting back on with their lives," says Maj. Adler.
While in Texas, the company helped make 2,619 arrests and confiscate over 10,000 pounds of illegal drugs with a street value of over $9 million.
"The total amount was over $22 million worth of illegal drugs," says Maj. Adler. "It was 27,000 pounds. The 10,000 pounds was Florida's contribution to that effort."
The Guardsmen provided some much-needed reinforcement for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
"With the amount of drugs and trafficking that's coming across the border, they were just spread too thin," says Adler.
Six soldiers are scheduled to return to Cecil Commerce Center at 4:00 p.m.; the remaining eight will arrive one hour later.